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When Jesus was in the wilderness for 40 days, with no food or water how did He stay alive?

Moderator - He fasted food not water.

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StrongAxe, it is only because Talmudic Jewry has never had the political power to enforce it.
---learner2 on 6/18/15


learner2:

You said: StrongAxe, you are right. I did a typo. It is 57b. Sincere apologies.

You're right. Both the things you mentioned are there (which directly contradict scripture, but then again, almost every time I've read passages from the Talmud, they look like choking on gnats while swallowing camels).

Still, even though the death sentence may theoretically be imposed on gentiles for some things the Bible doesn't require it for, such sentences have never actually been carried out.
---StrongAxe on 6/18/15


StrongAxe, you are right. I did a typo. It is 57b. Sincere apologies.
---learner2 on 6/16/15


learner2: (off-topic):

In the "Nation of Israel" blog, I asked: Can you cite any specfic Talmudic passages that require only one witness or death for minor crimes involving Gentiles are?

You said: it's Tractate Sanhedrin 52b.

This only deals with procedures for execution (stoning, burning, decapitation), and for major crimes like murder and adultery, not minor crimes. Also, different standards of evidence are not mentioned.
---StrongAxe on 6/16/15


Micha 6.10.15 Thanks, a very nice and very helpful answer.
---Rita_H on 6/15/15




Okay Learner, I'll be nice.
I couldn't resist.
---Nicole_Lacey on 6/15/15


Nicole, be nice.
---learner2 on 6/14/15


Learner2, is your real name Thomas?
---Nicole_Lacey on 6/14/15


Nicole, it would be great if they found DNA. Just because God said something doesn't mean that archaeologists should stop working.
---learner2 on 6/13/15


Learner, isn't it enough for you that God said they died? Why does God have to produce bones for you to believe His words.
Do you what DNA as well?
Next you want someone to show you the Ark and the bones of Moses.
---Nicole_Lacey on 6/12/15




I'm sure people have.
But, when bones are found, how would they determine if they were Israelite bones or some from the other nations inhabiting the area?
The Israelites kept moving, and dying, because of the skirmishes between them and the locals, such as the Amalekites, Amorites, Edomites, and even the Midianites.
600k men + women would not be an unusual loss of life over the course of 40 years, especially with warring going on.
Also, the preservation of such bones would have had to take place, rather than being eaten or plain rotting away.
We do not find the bones of every Egyptian through the eras, only a few of the ones that were preserved.
What, btw, is the point of the question?
---micha9344 on 6/13/15


Micha, fair enough. Has anyone gone to those places you mentioned looking for the bones of the dead Israelites?
---learner2 on 6/12/15


L2, it was not Sinai were they died. they were only there for about 2 years.
Numbers 33 gives a summary of their journeys from Egypt to the river Jordan.
It includes Aaron's death on Mt Hor.
Israel wandered for 40 years between the Mediterranean and the Arabian Desert without entering into the land of Canaan.
Also, what is now called Sinai may not be the Mountain that Moses stopped to meet with God.
Several indicators include:
-Moses was in Midian on the same Mount. Sinai has always been Egyptian territory.
-Jud 11:16 But when Israel came up from Egypt, and walked through the wilderness unto the Red sea, and came to Kadesh,
More than likely, Israel did not cross the Red Sea at the Gulf of Suez, but at the Gulf of Aqaba.
---micha9344 on 6/12/15


Has anyone gone to Sinai to try to find the bones of those hundreds of thousands who died in the desert after leaving Egypt with Moses?
---learner2 on 6/11/15


And Moses was not the intercessor for millions, as only 600 K fled Egypt and most of them died in the wilderness.---Cluny on 6/10/15

Cluny, are you saying that those who died in the 40 years was due the elements of the desert?

The only generation that sinned died. Bitten by a snake or refused to enter the promise land when told to do so by God.

Even in Exodus it states their shoes didn't wear out.
---Nicole_Lacey on 6/11/15


But in His human nature, the Savior was subject to the same limitations as we have.
And Moses was not the intercessor for millions, as only 600 K fled Egypt and most of them died in the wilderness.

Try again.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 6/10/15



In His humanity, Jesus calmed the storm, fed 5000, walked on water, healed blindness and leprosy, brought forth a great load of fish, and raised the dead. Moses raised none from the dead, healed no one, and walked on dry land. Jesus' limitations were quite a bit less than other humans.

Wikipedia (The Exodus) says 2.5 - 3.5 million, 600 thousand men plus women, children, and the elderly made the Exodus.
---aservant on 6/11/15


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\\f Moses (a man) could fast water for 40 days and live, certainly Jesus (God - the Son) could fast water 40 days and live - Jer 32:27, Mt 19:26.\\

But in His human nature, the Savior was subject to the same limitations as we have.

And Moses was not the intercessor for millions, as only 600 K fled Egypt and most of them died in the wilderness.

Try again.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 6/10/15


When Jesus was in the wilderness for 40 days, with no food or water how did He stay alive?

Moderator - He fasted food not water.



Though Scripture does not state that Jesus fasted water, as it states that Moses fasted water - Dt 9:9, I disagree with the moderator. If Moses (a man) could fast water for 40 days and live, certainly Jesus (God - the Son) could fast water 40 days and live - Jer 32:27, Mt 19:26.

Moses was intercessor for millions. Jesus is Intercessor for billions. Would our Father want Moses to be perceived as greater than Jesus? See Jn 15:20.

How did they stay alive? The power of God (Eze 37:3-14) can raise the dead, it can surely keep them alive.
---aservant on 6/10/15


personal relationship
Rev 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
John 15:15 ...but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you

-key "if any man", not group, enterprise, nor congregation.
---micha9344 on 6/10/15

Liked your post micha9344.
---Trav on 6/10/15


personal relationship
Rev 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
John 15:15 ...but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
John 21:15-22
2Co 5:17 Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away, behold, all things are become new.
-I hope this defines, by example, the personal relationship one has, or could have, with Christ.
-key "if any man", not group, enterprise, nor congregation.
---micha9344 on 6/10/15


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\\do you have a personal relationship with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ? \\

Where does the Bible use this formula?

BCV, please.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 6/9/15


Define "personal relationship."
---learner2 on 5/31/15


Hello sons and daughters of the one true living God, do you have a personal relationship with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ? The Son of God.
---Son_of_man on 5/30/15


He stayed alive by the Holy Spirit whom is the Preserver.
---Eloy on 11/23/10


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That was very insighful MarkV. Thanks for the lesson!
---John on 11/22/10


Carol, the fasting was food only.
Second, After the Israelites passed the Red Sea, they spent 40 years in the wilderness. Immediately after Jesus was baptized in the Jordan, He was "let by the Spirit into the wilderness" for 40 days. At the end of the 40 days, Jesus resisted the devil's trickery temptations by quoting three key Scriptures, All from Deuteronomy, the very book God gave Israel during the 40 year sojourn in the wilderness. What does this mean? It means that in Matthew's and Luke, Jesus was repeating the history of Israel, point by point, and was overcoming where they had failed. In other words, Christ was showing Himself to be the primary Israel, the Prince of God, the Victorious One who overcomes all sin.
---Mark_V. on 11/20/10


Well I am a pentecostal Evangelist and I can speak on this, Jesus did all of these things to lead as an example because He says: "everyone who wants to be worthy of me, must take up his cross and follow me". Therefore we have no excuses on why or how we could not follow God. He fasted to show us by example what we must do in order to over come the powers of darkness. It is also written that demons can not and will not be rebuked by man unless by fasting and prayer. It also does not mean you have to fast for 40 days either. Also there are other ways that a person could fast.
---Jesus on 11/17/10


How did Jesus walk on water? Or feed 5,000 people with a boys lunch? Or heal the man born blind? How did he bring to life a man (Lazarus) whose dead body should have been in a state of decay?

Fasting 40 days, with or without water, would have been quite possible for Jesus. The reason we are told about it is what it teaches us about the temptation of Jesus and the motives of Satan.
---Donna on 7/16/08


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If Moses, a mere human, could survive in the mountain without food and water, how much more could Jesus?
---Steveng on 7/14/08


He drank water to stay alive.
---Whisper on 7/14/08


Mod my post got backwards the 3rd one should be fist
---evangelistjerry on 9/11/07


because you believe it that people can't live without water for more than a few days. Do you think God has to have food and water to exist, does not the word say that Jesus was God in the flesh.
Moderator, were you there to know for sure that Jesus didn't fast without water also, isn't your comment just your opinion and not fact. I believe it could have been either way but the important thing is that even in the physical condition, from fasting, that Jesus was in,
---evangelistjerry on 9/11/07


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the lesson here is to rely on the Word and the Spirit of God to resist the devil.
---evangelistjerry on 9/11/07


again I ask if you that say it is impossible to live without water explain Moses on the mount for 40 days without food or water. Does the Bible not say that with God ALL things are possible, if we had the faith of a grain of a mustard seed we could move this mountain. whether Jesus fasted without food and water is unsure simply because its not recorded but if it recorded that he fasted from food and water then would you doubt God's word
---evangelistjerry on 9/11/07


can someone give me the site where it says Jesus drank water? I'm trying to be a good literalist here.
---alexia on 9/11/07


I agree with the Moderator on this. Jesus did not fast water or He would have died. He fasted food only. Scripture says that when He came out of the wilderness He was hungry, but not thirsty (Matthew 4:2).
---Helen_5378 on 9/11/07


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Don't worry about it, God the Father took care of Him.
---catherine on 9/10/07


Denna, No offence,but it's posts like this that really blow me away. As a Pentacostal pastor you obviously are "trinitarian" and saying "Jesus put His life and hope in the Father" while believing He is/was the Father. You can't have it both ways!As Almighty God He would not need food or water,ever! Do you not see something wrong with this picture?
---1st_cliff on 9/10/07


for those that say it is impossible to live without water for more that a few days I give you Exodus 34:28 which states that Moses was with the LORD for 40 days and 40 nights, neither did he eat bread nor drink water for the 40 days.
---evangelistjerry on 9/10/07


You can actually live several days without water (which He did not fast from), you can also live weeks without food. As Jesus answered in Luke 4:4 And Jesus answered him, "It is written, `MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE. But you cannot live one second without hope. Jesus put His hope and life in the hands of the Father.
---denna7667 on 9/10/07


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